febrifuge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French fébrifuge, from Latin febris (fever) + fugāre (to drive away).

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Noun[edit]

febrifuge (plural febrifuges)

  1. An antipyretic (fever-reducing) medication.
    • 1734, William Stukeley, Of the Gout, J. Roberts, page 19:
      ...therein it differs not from the mode of operation, which we observe in the famous peruvian febrifuge.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1131:
      And, by goodness, the door was ajar into the hall, for Constance had slipped out to the nearest pharmacy in search of a febrifuge for her fever-bound lover.